UK Sales Charts: Grand Theft Auto V Plants a Charge on the Top Spot
Posted by Sammy Barker
Beats first week sales of all other GTAs combined
As expected, Grand Theft Auto V has put a bullet in all of its competitors and shot straight to the summit of the UK sales charts. Incredibly, after just five days on sale, the title is already the 24th best-selling game in the nation ever, and the tenth best on the PlayStation 3. Sony’s system accounted for 43 per cent of the sales, a split that the platform holder will be hoping to improve upon when its next generation console arrives.
But you want more statistics, right? The critically acclaimed sequel’s launch week was 2.4 times greater than Grand Theft Auto IV’s, and shifted more than 250,000 units more than the previous record holder, Call of Duty: Black Ops. It even managed to outsell the first week sales of all of the previous Grand Theft Auto games combined. That’s absolutely ridiculous when you stop to think about it.
For those that missed the announcement last week, the sandbox title sold 1.57 million copies in the UK during its first day on sale, generating revenue in the region of £65 million ($104 million). The game has since gone on to accrue over $1 billion globally, with the release presumably smashing records overseas, too.
As for the rest of the chart, PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer got off to a strong start in second. Meanwhile, The Last of Us sneaked back into third, while Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist rounded out the top five. Elsewhere, Diablo III, Disney Infinity, and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX all finished within the top ten. What did you spend your money on this week? As if we need to ask...